When spinal pain has made life difficult for you, it may be time to consider spinal fusion surgery. Spinal fusion surgery comes in two types, instrumented lumbar fusions and non-instrumented lumbar fusions. Instrumented lumbar fusions work by using an outside material such as titanium to reinforce the vertebra, non-instrumented fusions require only a bone graft from another part of the body to work.
Stanley C. Jones understands that spinal surgery is something that needs to be carefully researched before one commits to choosing their surgeon. He also understands that some people are hesitant to put foreign objects into their bodies, and prefer a more natural approach. Because of this, he proudly offers non-instrumented lumbar fusions as an option for spinal stability. Dr. Jones has completed over 30,000 spinal procedures in his career, and he understands that less invasive procedures are optimal for healing.
The procedure begins with a laminotomy to alleviate nerve pressure. It is followed with a spinal fusion with begins with a small bone graft that is typically from the pelvis, which provides the base to the fusion. Bone is placed into the side of the spine and creates a base for organic bone graft fillers to be added in aid to fusion. This entire process is the lumbar fusion.
When a fusion is complete, pain in the back will go away because painful motion will no longer be present.
Just remember that it takes time for a spine fusion to heal completely. That time is generally 6-12 months. When the fusion is healing, activity includes walking 2-3 miles daily and moderate exercise and gym activities.